Friday, August 22, 2014

57 Years and Counting!


That is the resounding proclamation of joy rang out over the Merdeka Stadium fifty seven years ago, representing freedom and hope to all the people of Malaya and subsequently Malaysia. But what does the word MERDEKA mean today, after so many years??

To me, Merdeka means we get to call ourselves, Malaysians, the people with a nation of our own! Merdeka is also about peace and harmony. Malaysia is a multiracial country with a rich cultural heritage. Diversity of races, religions and cultures is a significant characteristic of our nation. Hence, we must do whatever it takes to ensure that the balance between development and progress does not jeopardise it! We can only achieve national unity through loving our fellow Malaysians from other races, religious beliefs and loving the country especially! :)

Speaking about Merdeka, there's a contest by CelcomEscape going on right now that wants you to share your version of Merdeka! Who might just be lucky! All you need to do is to make a short video of your version of Merdeka or your love for Malaysia by featuring a person, a cause, a belief or anything that celebrates and promotes the legacy of Malaysia!  And get ready to stand a chance to win RM157,000 worth of prizes!!!

Here’s how to enter:
  1. Step 1 - Shoot a video of up to 3 minutes in length with any device. Be sure to capture the Malaysian spirit! 
  2. Step 2 - Base your video on the theme “Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta”, the first line of Sudirman’s “Warisan”. Any part(s) of the song must be included in your video. 
  3. Step 3 - Submit your video through a YouTube link or DVD by 18 August 2014.

When we practice love, we inevitably learn to accept our rich diversity and seek national unity instead. Love is about being patient and kind. It does not envy or boast. Love is not self-seeking or proud. Love in this spiritual sense is what Malaysians need to fully realise our destiny as fellow human beings!

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